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Hagerman
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I follow Delben products faithfully because Ben Stone, up to the time of his death, was a very dear friend of mine since I was 9 years old. (I am 34 now.) He taught me so much about magic, originality and inventing. Ben was a great man and mentor. He will always be near my heart.

My most cherished, yet humble, Delben piece was given to me a few years before Ben's death. Ben was proud to tell me it was the rarest of all Delben items. It doesn't have a name. Here are the photos. Can you guess what it's used for?

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Ben mentioned that this was the only piece that did not have Delben's trademark finish. 10 gold stars go the the person who can tell me what it's used for. The card has nothing to do with it; its there just for perspective.
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Never saw that one. I do have the very common Delben Blotter though. Great workmanship. So what is the effect of the one you have?
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I don't want to give away what it is yet. Here are some clues. It's a utility devise used for a coin trick found in Modern Coin Magic. It allows you to easily load the coin. Ben used this in his magic shop and gave it to me when I started selling magic at my shows.

It is nothing really glamorous. If no one else wants to play, I'll post the answer in a day or so.
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It could be used to load a coin into dental dam or a rubber balloon.
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Or it could be used in "The Mint" routine by Johnson... (flatten the ball bearing)

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Now that was just too fast Michael. You are correct. I was hoping to carry this out for a little bit longer. You have 10 gold stars coming to you. Congradulations!

The Mint? I'll have to look into that. Julie may have come up with a different use.
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It's an old dealer's trick of the trade. I learned it from my mentor years ago.
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Hagerman
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I just checked out your site and thought it an interesting coincidence that you knew of this. I'm sure you are a Delben fan. Your products look great!
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OK - here is a Ben Stone story. Another area magician (VERY well known) had one of America's largest Die Box collection (now sold to Copperfield). However, he never bought one of Ben's boxes, although they were friends, and saw each other quite a bit. It drove Ben crazy...he mentioned it at every dealers show, or whenever the other magician was around. The other magician/collector NEVER bought a Ben Stone box. I think it was out of stubbornness, although he did once say that he didn't like the finish job on them. For those who knew Ben well, name the other magician. I'll only verify via PM.
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On 2006-10-26 15:05, Hayre wrote:
I'll only verify via PM.

Why keep it a secret ?
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Thanks for the kind words, Hagerman. I only have one Delben piece, the Blotter, but of the few other items Ben made that I have seen, I was impressed. Work like that has been what has inspired me to produce items I'd be proud to own myself. Sometimes I'm actually sad to part with certain pieces, but my family has convinced me it's a good thing to do! Smile

Hayre, I sent you a PM on the Die Box question.

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On 2006-10-26 15:05, Hayre wrote:
I'll only verify via PM.

Why keep it a secret ?
Rennie

So why not share it ??
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Hagerman
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Hayre, I vaguely remember this story. I'm stumped.
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I grew up watching him as well and loved hanging out in the shop. I only have a black off rope from Delben. I still have his sale sheets from the 80's and wish we had been able to buy more items at the time. Everytime something shows up on ebay I bid on it.
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Since I just found this forum, I want to say HI to a lot of old friends of the Stone family. The reasopn I was hanging out is that I am going to take some photos tomorrow (if the light is right) of a Delben Die Box that has only been taken out of the box on one occasion. That was the day of my father's funeral, when many of the magicians came over to the house after the services. Photos will be on my flickr site http://www.flickr.com/photos/crazyeye/ probably sometime tomorrow late....

Best to all of you.

John (Jack) Stone
Very best from the Stone family to our many friends in magic.
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You know, David -- the more I think about it ... I think you may have the only one in existence. As I recall, he made it just for you when you complained about having trouble resetting ....
Very best from the Stone family to our many friends in magic.
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On 2006-10-26 15:05, Hayre wrote:
OK - here is a Ben Stone story. Another area magician (VERY well known) had one of America's largest Die Box collection (now sold to Copperfield). However, he never bought one of Ben's boxes, although they were friends, and saw each other quite a bit. It drove Ben crazy...he mentioned it at every dealers show, or whenever the other magician was around. The other magician/collector NEVER bought a Ben Stone box. I think it was out of stubbornness, although he did once say that he didn't like the finish job on them. For those who knew Ben well, name the other magician. I'll only verify via PM.



HAHAHA!!!! I know ... and you are right it drove him nuts. At one point he offered to GIVE it to him .... when he died dad bought most of his collection, and there are still osme parts of it left to me and my brother.... plus the books with his notes....
Very best from the Stone family to our many friends in magic.
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I think I have some old rope gimmicks that are Delben.

Technology has passed them by.

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Hey Jack! Great to see you here. Who's David? Smile

I wish I can say he had made this for me but I cannot take credit. I believe he made this for his demonstrations when he was on Stewart. When I started pitching the best dam coin trick after my shows, I wished for a dam easy setup. He dug this out and signed the dam thing. In fact, that's the perfect name for it: it's a dam thing.

(When I was choosing tricks to sell, I picked the ones that worked on me. Thank you Ben.)
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